Lewis Best

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Lagos, Other African Cities, Pledge to Cut Climate Emissions to Zero By 2050

[Premium Times] Lagos state, among other states in Africa, has pledged to deliver its share of emission cuts in order to meet the climate change …

Africa

New steps to fight dengue

The Health Department, in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now readying to experiment with innovative vector control …

Public Health

Ebola Outbreak in Dense Congolese City Is a 'Major, Major Game-Changer,' WHO Says

(KINSHASA, Congo) — Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first …

Disease

Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday.<p>The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's …

Climate

Spend more aid on early years education for a life of opportunity

A child’s most important steps happen before they set foot in a primary school. By their fifth birthday, their brain will already be 90% developed and the foundations for success at school and in later life will be in place.<p>However, despite all the evidence that pre-primary education is vital, …

Education

The Brazilian villagers turning plastic pollution into profit

Maria das Gracas started collecting her plastic bottles after she saw the body of her neighbour floating past her house, carried along with the pollution that helped cause the deadly floods.<p>She stores them by the front door of her one-story home, which sits on the litter-strewn banks of the Tejipió …

Pollution

Sexualised atmosphere among aid workers in Haiti disturbed me

I arrived in Port-au-Prince a few days after the earthquake in 2010. I was a spokesperson for Save the Children and my job was to help set up an emergency communications team.<p>It was my first experience of a humanitarian catastrophe and I was overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. I’d never seen …

Save the Children

'Uber for blood': how Rwandan delivery robots are saving lives

An ingenious drone delivery service known as “Uber for blood” has slashed the delivery time of life-saving medicine to remote regions of Rwanda from four hours to an average of half an hour.<p>A partnership between Zipline, a Silicon Valley robotics company, and the country’s health ministry has …

Africa

Carbon Emissions Had Leveled Off. Now They're Rising Again

There are many reasons, but the biggest is that China is burning more coal again.<p>For a while it looked as if the world might be turning the corner.<p>But after a three-year stall in their growth, human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions have not, in fact, peaked, an international team of scientists …

Fossil Fuels

No Foreign Office takeover of international aid budget, says Priti Patel

The international development secretary has rejected speculation about a takeover of her department by the foreign office.<p>Appearing before MPs in a parliamentary committee, Priti Patel was asked about concerns over a creeping merger of the international development department (DfID) with the …

United Kingdom

'That post saved my life': social media offers new hope of justice in Pakistan

Last month, Sarah Gill – a 27-year-old Pakistani trans activist who is about to become Pakistan’s first transgender doctor – sent out a distress call over Facebook:<p><i>“Three men just followed me to my home, grabbed me from my hair and started hitting my genitals and put a gun to my lips ... They told</i> …

Social Media

Development is not a science and cannot be measured. That is not a bad thing

I would wager that, at any given moment, the majority of aid workers in the world are doing the exact same thing. We like to imagine aid workers out in the field, but that’s not the true focus of activities. Instead, most aid workers are hunched over their computers, trying to figure out a way to …

NGOs

7 barriers to girls’ education you need to know about

The evidence that educating girls creates healthier, wealthier, fairer, and more stable communities is overwhelming—so why isn’t every girl getting a …

Africa

Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and protect the environment. The new global framework, with 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) at its core, commits to …

Sustainability

The Foreign Aid Cuts Look to Be Real Enough, but the Trump Administration Doesn’t Necessarily Want to Own Them

So it turns out the “skinny budget” released by the White House is really just a press release—a sprinkling of numbers amidst a lot of assertion and …

Trump Administration

Being ‘Bold for Change’: Five Ways We Can Put Gender at the Heart of the Peace Agenda

Today on International Women’s Day people around the world are being encouraged to be ‘bold for change’ and take action for gender equality. While …

Gender

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces.<p>The equation was developed in conjunction with Professor Will Steffen, a climate change …

Climate Change

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment

Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease …

Public Health

UK to host summit seeking extra funds for family planning

Britain will lead efforts to secure extra funding for family planning at an international summit in London, ministers have said, amid concern about Donald Trump’s decision to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas.<p>Priti Patel, the international development …

United Kingdom

Why are we failing 75% of the world’s youth at a time of unique opportunity?

One in four people alive today is a young person aged 15 to 29: that’s nearly 1.8 billion in total, of whom close to 90% live in developing countries.<p>Demographically speaking, the next couple of decades are a unique window of opportunity. With the exception of Africa, the world is ageing, which …

Africa

Famine declared in South Sudan

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.<p>A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN …

Africa

Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia's floating communities

Phat Sanday is – in many ways – like any other village in Cambodia. There’s a school, a petrol station and a clinic.<p>However, unlike most of the other rural communities, nearly every structure here – at the southern end of Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap lake – floats. The primary mode of transport for the …

Environmental Health

Roving clinics tackle TB among Myanmar's poorest people – in pictures

Tuberculosis is among the leading causes of death for people aged 15-49 in Myanmar, but the cost of reaching a hospital for a diagnostic X-ray is often prohibitive for those in isolated communities. A scheme that sends mobile teams out to test and give medication is helping people get much needed …

Myanmar

The US foreign policy changes that would put millions at risk

Donald Trump’s executive orders have continued to dominate the headlines. We reported that women, girls and people fleeing war and persecution will bear the brunt of far-reaching US policy changes likely to be ushered in under the president, potentially jeopardising the lives of millions of …

Foreign Policy

'A big-hearted optimist': Hans Rosling tributes pour in on social media

Tributes have flowed in on social media for Hans Rosling, who died aged 68 on Tuesday. Rosling, a visionary statistician and educator, had a gift for analysing complex development data on issues such as global health, population and climate change, and presenting it in a compelling, accessible way. …

Social Media

Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68

It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured lego bricks than a PowerPoint has been …

TED Talks

Ambitious Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to combat disease is about to be tested

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious $3bn aim to “cure, prevent and manage” all disease in one generation is about to take shape in a $600m “Biohub” in Silicon Valley.<p>The project’s conceit, that encouraging audacious science will usher in a “new era of accelerated progress in science and …

Silicon Valley

Davos 2017: Oxfam attacks failing global tax avoidance battle

Efforts to tackle global tax avoidance are being undermined by a “race to the bottom” on corporate tax rates led by Britain and the US, the World Economic Forum heard on Thursday.<p>Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of Oxfam International, told an audience at Davos that world leaders are failing …

Income Inequality

What is the 'global gag rule', and why does Trump support it? – video

<b>Exclusive:</b> Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services<p>Published: 14 Feb 2017<p>Executive orders that would hit funding of UN organisations and US refugee resettlement programme greeted with chorus of condemnation<p>Published: 27 Jan …

Donald Trump

Ethiopian music scheme loses UK aid funding after press criticism

An NGO that uses music and radio to spread awareness about girls’ rights in Ethiopia has lost its UK aid funding after a negative press campaign.<p>Girl Effect, which created a five-piece girl group, Yegna, described by the Daily Mail and the Telegraph as Ethiopia’s Spice Girls, said its aims had been …

Africa